I think this will be the regular Wednesday post until I run out of the original content! As I noted last Wednesday, this information remains timeless, which is as good as reason as any to seriously consider incorporating these insights into my life.
She buys a new outfit every 3 or 4 months, and thus gets rid of an outfit
about that same time. This is her work wardrobe only, remember (although that
is the lion's share of her clothes) so out of the 15 outfits she has, they
last 3 or 4 years each. Bear in mind, she buys REALLY REALLY good things -
Sonia Rykiel is one of her favorites. She made a strong point of reminding me
that she does NOT dry clean everything every time she wears it. She rinses
out sweaters and blouses every time they are worn, but jackets, cardigans,
skirts and pants get a good brushing and hang overnight in her bathroom, and
then she steams them if they are still a bit flattened.
Wonder of wonders, she talked to me about money! Vivienne spends about as much
money on clothes as I do but since she only shops every few
months she has an edge on me in doing it wisely.
(1) She literally goes out shopping with over 1000 Euros to spend, but with
absolutely no sense of urgency to spend it. If she doesn't see what she wants
and has in mind, she goes home.
(2) She goes shopping with a fairly clear idea of what she wants to get. Not
really really specific, (like a pair of Gap boot cut jeans in a bleached
wash with blah blah blah) but more a general "I need a pair of pants that I
can wear for 6 months out of the year, and then I want 2 really beautiful tops
to go with them."
(3) Because she focuses so carefully on the few clothes she has, she has a
really good idea of what suits her, and is very limited in terms of what her
"signature" look should be. As I said earlier, she only wears clothes in 4
colors, and just doesn't consider anything that doesn't fit in really tightly
with her existing wardrobe
(4) She takes HOURS to shop - tries things on, bends, sits, stands, moves
around etc., etc. She knows if something will be comfortable before it gets
(5) She alters things. All the time. Shortens the sleeves on t-shirts so they
hit her arm at just the right point. "What is the good reason to have a shirt
that is cheap if you don't look like it is fit for you?" She factors
alteration costs into the price of the garment. Also, she will pay to re-line
or re-make something she really loves; she has a winter coat that is on its